10 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

10 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Costa Rica trip itinerary maker

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Fly
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Jaco
— 1 night
Drive
2
Manuel Antonio
— 1 night
Drive
3
Monteverde
— 1 night
Drive
4
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 4 nights
Drive
5
Tortuguero
— 1 night
Drive
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San Jose
— 1 night
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Jaco

— 1 night
A seaside resort town with plenty of entertaining distractions along its attractive coastline, Jaco has long been a major tourist destination on the central Pacific coast.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Tue): kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks. On your second day here, see Off-Road Tours and then get outside with Outdoor Activities.

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New York City, USA to Jaco is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Jaco

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure

Manuel Antonio

— 1 night
The rainforest meets the sea at Manuel Antonio National Park, a small but scenic natural preserve on the west coast of Costa Rica.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Thu): kick back and relax at Playa Manuel Antonio and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

To find traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Manuel Antonio trip website.

Traveling by car from Jaco to Manuel Antonio takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Tours

Side Trip

Monteverde

— 1 night
Monteverde is all about natural attractions, not surprising for an eco-tourism hotspot known for its cloud forests and rich diversity of animal life.
On the 8th (Fri), tour the pleasant surroundings at Ranario Monteverde Frog Pond and then stroll through Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve.

For more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, use the Monteverde trip itinerary maker website.

Traveling by car from Manuel Antonio to Monteverde takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) early enough to go by car to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks · Wildlife

La Fortuna de San Carlos

— 4 nights
Set against the backdrop of the imposing Arenal Volcano, La Fortuna de San Carlos offers visitors a chance to explore diverse natural landscapes and sample some delicious local produce.
La Fortuna de San Carlos is known for nature, adventure, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take in the natural beauty of Tabacon Hot Springs, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour, and stroll through La Fortuna Arenal Volcano Rain Forest Reserve.

To see reviews, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read La Fortuna de San Carlos trip planner.

You can drive from Monteverde to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) so you can go by car to Tortuguero.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

Tortuguero

— 1 night

Costa Rica's Amazon

One of Costa Rica's least accessible destinations, Tortuguero sits within an eponymous national park and remains accessible only by plane or boat.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Wed): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Tortuguero National Park.

For more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Tortuguero trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Tortuguero takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In July in Tortuguero, expect temperatures between 85°F during the day and 73°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) early enough to go by car to San Jose.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Nature · Parks
Highlights from your trip

San Jose

— 1 night
A trip to San Jose, the capital, commercial center, and cultural hub of Costa Rica, gives you a chance to experience the lively atmosphere and rich cultural past of this vibrant country.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Thu): get engrossed in the history at Museo Nacional De Costa Rica.

To find more things to do, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the San Jose trip itinerary website.

Drive from Tortuguero to San Jose in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Tortuguero in July, with highs in San Jose at 80°F and lows at 67°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Thu) to allow time for the flight back home.

Things to do in San Jose

Museums
Highlights from your trip

Costa Rica travel guide

4.5
Beaches · Nature & Parks · Zipline
Tiny in terms of land area, Costa Rica is astoundingly diverse when it comes to culture and natural attractions. In a country called "Rich Coast", it's no surprise most Costa Rica vacations dedicate at least a few days to picturesque Pacific and Caribbean beaches, ideal for water sports and relaxation. Few small countries offer such a range of landscapes, allowing tourists to observe towering volcanoes while soaking away their worries in a hot spring, or hike into dense rainforests in the morning and surf at a modern resort in the afternoon. A trip to Costa Rica also lets you discover pristine national parks, ensuring plenty of chances to view wildlife from the comfort of eco-friendly lodges packed with amenities even ardent nature lovers secretly desire.